dreaming about: the fall vegetable garden.

fall garden

We’re in the thick of it, folks. We’re at that point in the season where it feels like summer is eternal and fall will never come. While you all up north are popping cherry tomatoes still warm from the sun for a midmorning snack, and reveling in your garden’s giant zucchinis, we in the south are starting to plan our fall gardens. I’ve tried and failed the past couple of years to have a backyard garden. When we bought our little house, I had dreams of an Ina Garten-style backyard full of rows upon rows of lush produce just waiting to be picked. I’d have a whole bed of greens for nightly salads and rows of sweet peas and green beans for dinner. I would dry my own herbs to be used all year long. And the holy grail – I would grow my own pumpkins to be ready for Halloween carving. But so far…it’s been a pipe dream.

I had a hard time grasping the timing of planting in the south. My first year, I planted too early in the summer and the little plants couldn’t withstand the heat. One year, we had an attack of ants on everything in the garden. And, my favorite, or perhaps most depressing memory: We left for a three day weekend and came back to dead plants. Apparently in Florida, watering every single day is essential. These little mishaps haven’t stopped me from planning a garden every year, with or without my alleged (by Mike) black thumb. This year, just like years past, I’ll check stacks upon stacks of Florida vegetable gardening books out from the library. Then, I’ll dutifully scour the IFAS website for tips that I may have missed the last time around. And finally, I will consult my woeful gardening journal for what (many) missteps I took last year. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. This year may just be my year! I know now at least, (I think!) that I shouldn’t plan on putting anything in the ground until at least August. 🙂

Here are just a few little things that make gardening a little bit dreamier:

Garden boots for tromping around in the morning dew.

Seed packets, supposedly the best varieties for Florida’s climate.

A spade and fork set to make the work a little bit easier.

A cotton garden bandana for romance.

A hat with a brim for sun protection.

A natural woven basket for gathering up the harvest.

This helpful guide on planting fruits and vegetables and the best ways to do it.

dreaming about: spring break

 

spring break 16Spring Break!!!! Those sweet, sweet words.

I’m only one day away from a blissful week away from my sweet hordes of students. This means no one on one chats about behavior, no begging kids to “please just read 10 minutes tonight”, and (thank you, dear God) no lunch duty. It’s my first year with a spring break since grad school, so I’m extra looking forward to it.

It’s a stay-cation, but let’s be honest, we live in Florida. I think I’ll be okay. We’ve already had one day up in the 90’s this week, so I don’t have to worry about it snowing on my spring break parade. It’s not all Coronas on the beach though.

We are doing some serious house planning for homeownership: year 2, and number one on the to-do list is getting rid of those popcorn ceilings. I think you know where I’m going with this…

But sb16 won’t be all work and no play. A whole week leaves plenty of time for those Coronas on the beach and maybe a little date night out thrown in too. I plan to go back to school rested, relaxed, and a with a few extra freckles on my nose.

Here are a few little things from around the web that fit right into my sb16 plans.

This elephant tee for working around the house.

These cute, but comfy shorts to go with it.

A mix and match bikini for getting those freckles on the beach.

Sunglasses, because wrinkles.

Sweet, cheap little earrings.

A romantic white sundress for date night.

And striped espadrilles that scream *vacation*.